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Poster: He Live's Date: Jan 22, 2009 8:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: '76 Orpheum Stand: Worthy of a Boxed set?

i always thought that was a let down -- look s better on paper.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 24, 2009 9:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: '76 Orpheum Stand: Worthy of a Boxed set?

You are absolutely right! But it applies to the entire year! I looked at it quantitatively; I'm scoring the top shows from 1968-1974 at 99-100 pts, and there are many of those shows in each of those years. But I dont score anything from 1976 over a 98+, even '77 shows score higher.

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jan 24, 2009 7:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: '76 Orpheum Stand: Worthy of a Boxed set?

make sure you give those auds, especially the second set jams, i mentioned a try, particularly the september shows -- if you get your head into what they are doing, there is some great playing. in fact i find that there is an element of Practice to what they were up to in 76 -- they were trying to figure something out.

SLIPKNOT! for sure -- they were working that one out.... and dancin', carving out a new space for that song.



as far as your ratings system goes i think you are crazy! i sort of know what you are saying, not rating too many 76 or 77 shows high versus other years. but i generally view the dead as inhabiting certain ERAs or STAGES in THE GROUP'S EVOLUTION.

to me, comparing far removed years (more than 2 or 3, like 70 to 74) -- most often i find that it is an entirely different animal -- there is a resemblance of course, but sometimes the beast had horns, sometimes it was wearing a suit, sometimes it was long on the hunt, keen on catching its prey!

it is all part of the fascinating story, and 76 is pivotal -- it is a VERY INTERESTING YEAR! if i could go back in time, it might not be the first place i would stop, but i would be there before 77, 74, 71...... now that i think of it -- i think maybe LINDLEY MEADOWS, that would be fun.... how bout those show(s) they did with NEAL CASSADY in SF? what was that place called? straight theatre 1967....

where's the time machine?




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